31 Dec 2016

Our Christmas

Hello.  I hope that you had a good Christmas. I'm posting today with some random photos of our Christmas. After going to the midnight service with our younger daughter and children on Christmas Eve the rest of our days over the holidays have been spent enjoying time with our family. Our other daughter is still with us for a few more days and one of the highlights of Christmas was that her son, our oldest grandson, came for a surprise visit on Christmas Day and stayed over at our local daughter's home. This meant we could have another family meal at our house and then the following day our son and family also spent the day with us all. 

We had many lovely gifts given to us, one of them being a hamper of goodies.

Our granddaughter made a gingerbread house whilst our older daughter made a delicious Christmas cake and brought a limoncello panettone with her as well as other homemade food from her sons who couldn't join us because they were working over Christmas and are also working during the New Year, one being in the hospitality trade in London. 

My husband took us out to one of our regular places that we like to go to especially at this time of the year.  I've written about Castleton in Derbyshire many times before as it's a pretty village in the High Peaks and is always well decorated for the season.  It's also a good place to go to buy gifts and after Christmas some of the small gift shops have sales so you can get some bargains - my kind of sale and much more pleasant than being in the crowded city.

We had lunch of tomato and basil soup and a baguette roll at one of the pubs. My husband had a spicy chicken baguette with salad and chipped potatoes. We were just about to take photos outside the pub when a passer-by kindly offered to take a photo of the three of us.

We went in St. Edmund's church which usually has a Christmas tree festival before Christmas in aid of charity and although the specially decorated trees by different organisations had been removed the church was still beautifully decorated. By the time we left it was getting dark and the Christmas trees outside each little shop along the main street had been turned on.

Tonight we shall be stopping in and there will be a glass of Prosecco and a slice of panettone to enjoy as we watch the count down to the New Year on the live television broadcast from the River Thames Embankment in London.  We'll enjoy the firework display from the comfort of our armchair and give thanks for the many blessings that have come our way in the last year. Thank you once more, my friends, for your continued support and visits to my blog.  Looking forward to meeting up with you once more in the New Year and catching up with your news. Tomorrow we continue hosting as we are joined by our local daughter and her two children for another family meal tomorrow evening. 


  1. Happy New Year to you!

  2. Such a lovely post Linda. Everything looks so festive. This is such a joyful season isn't it? You and Mr. P look well. A blessed and joy filled New Year to you!

  3. Happy New Year! I hope 2017 brings you good things!

  4. It sounds like you've enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and celebrated with those you love. Wishing you and your loved ones all the very best for 2017.

  5. It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas with family. Castleton looks like a lovely place to visit. Small towns have such character and I enjoy independent shops much more than the big fancy malls. Happy almost new year.

  6. It sounds, and looks, like you had a marvelous Christmas!

  7. Greetings dear Linda. What a wonderful Christmas celebration you had with your family. I wish you all the best for the New Year! Pat xx

  8. What beautiful cakes and goodies! What is in the little cordial glass, I wonder? It all looks so beautiful. I always think the red phone booths give a Christmas vibe to the British city-scape. Wishing you a beautiful New Year. God bless you.

    1. ... and on Christmas Day the pre lunch drink (shown in the little glass) was red orange juice with a dash of sparkling wine.

  9. What a lovely Christmas you have had with your family. I love Castleton at Christmas it's full of light and excitement. Best wishes for a peaceful and happy new year:)

  10. Pour cette nouvelle année, je vous souhaite à tous
    2 fois plus de bonheur,
    0 problème,
    1 santé d’enfer,
    7 tonnes de belles surprises !
    Bonne et heureuse année 2017.
    gros bisous

  11. it sounds like you had a wonderful family and fun filled Christmas. I love the tree and that is the perfect place for it.. the cake with the holly is beautiful.. you already know I love old buildings and these with the bay windows are so pretty. Happy new Year

  12. Lovely pictures. Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year.

  13. What a lovely Christmas. I loved the homemade cakes, especially the gingerbread house. All the very best to you and yours for 2017.xxx

  14. Looks like a lovely Christmas time with your family. A very Happy New Year to you and yours.

  15. Dear Linda,

    So wonderful that you were able to join together to spend time over Christmas and hard when some of your family have to work. Loved seeing all your holiday photos.
    Warm wishes for a great 2017, to you and your family and look forward to visiting again this year.
    Sending hugs

  16. Thank you for your visit to my corner and commenting so that I could follow you home. What a charming corner you enjoy in this world. It has been so interesting to read about many different Christmas foods and traditions and family visits from bloggers' posts. I would welcome the opportunity to shop in that village all decked beautifully for Christmas.

  17. Linda, Thanks so much for sharing your visit to your very English village with all the cozy shops and pubs. So glad you enjoyed Christmas with your family. Best Wishes for 2017! -Beth

  18. Veramente stupendo il tuo Natale!!!! Io purtroppo ho avuto una brutta influenza, con temperatura altissima e sono stata a letto per tutte le feste. Vedere le tue belle foto e il vostro gioioso Natale, ma ha fatto tanto piacere. Auguro a te e alla tua bella famiglia un Sereno Anno!!!!!!!

  19. You had a lovely Christmas with your family – good food and not to forget a glass of Prosecco for New Year – perfect! May 2017 be filled with happiness and good health for you and yours.

  20. Your holidays sound and look just lovely. Family always makes it so special. What a lovely hamper, visit to church, and browsing in the village.

  21. A bit late but I enjoyed your lovely Christmas time. Wish you all the best for 2017!

  22. Dear Linda
    Happy New Year to you both and how lovely to see the beautiful photo of the two of you!
    I think the Italians make the best Christmas. Each December I make a point of visiting 'Sabato' a food speciality shop in Auckland where I buy my Panetonne, Panforte and special nougat and chocolates - indulgent treats once a year.
    I wonder if you make your own Panetonne - your husbands family recipe maybe? If you do, would you mind sharing it with me one day.
    After Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, a piece of Panetonne with a glass of Prosecco is lovely!
    I like your embroidery, I'm struggling with poor eyesight now too and can't work on the very fine linen any more...sadly.
    I wish I lived near you so you could teach me to crochet! My mother was very talented and could turn her hand to all handwork. I've tried to follow the Youtube videos but I must be crack-handed as it all goes pear shaped after the first round haha!
    I'm thrilled to catch up with you again Linda as I always enjoy hearing about your life between Yorkshire and Italy!
    Take care
    Shane x

  23. Dear Linda, thanks so much for your visit to my blog and for your lovely comment. I missed this post during the holidays and am enjoying reading it now. Your husband's crown reminded me that this year we opened our Christmas crackers at dinner on Christmas Eve. We wore our crowns and enjoyed the jokes and I got a tiny jigsaw puzzle of two happy dolphins in my cracker...I showed it on the table of the my post you just read. :) The weather has been so challenging they have canceled church services several times, today being one of those day. We are getting an icy rain that is coating all it hits. We sang and read the Bible and prayed here at home and are glad not to be venturing out yet. May you and yours be greatly blessed in 2017! xx